Governor Sisolak Issues New Directive For Large Gatherings
August 23, 2021
Governor Sisolak has issued a new Emergency Directive to create a process for a mask exception for large indoor events within counties that have substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. Nevada is currently operating under a new mask mandate requiring everyone (employees and the public regardless of vaccination status) to wear a mask in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission. This mandate currently applies to 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties.
Directive 49 gives event operators holding large events in counties with substantial or high-transmission rates two choices: (1) require masks indoors for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status; or (2) hold a mask-free event by ensuring that all attendees are vaccinated in accordance with the procedures and requirements set forth in Directive 49. This latter option is available only for ticketed events held at venues with a fixed seating capacity of at least 4,000.
Event operators who wish to hold a mask-free event must follow the procedures set forth in Directive 49 and submit a Certification Form to the State Department of Business and Industry and the local health authority. The Governor’s Office has released additional guidance to explain this new Directive.
If you have questions about the mask mandate or this new exception, please contact a KZA attorney.
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